From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home. The universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biologist can prevent the end of the human race. – 20th Century Fox
The Predator is the fourth installment in the Predator franchise. It was directed by Shane Black and written by Black and Fred Dekker. Hmm, Black and Dekker — I wonder if that was that was intended. Shane Black was in the original Predator as Hawkins, so this isn’t his first outing with the dreadlocked space hunters. Personally, Shane Black is one of my favorite filmmakers — the Nice Guys and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang are two of my favorite movies. The way Black writes humor just hooks me in, with that said I might be a bit biased.
Going into this movie I had heard it compared to Iron Man 3 — my personally favorite of the Iron Man movies. I also heard that it was too violent and humorous making it tonally inconsistent. The criticism on the movie makes sense but I have a sick sense of humor and I love that kind of stuff. Hearing all that stuff just made more excited for the movie.
According to a certain review aggregator I tend to like some “rotten movies” but film is subjective so fuck ‘em. The Predator knows exactly what it is and isn’t trying to be something it’s not. The movie is a schlocky big budget B-movie that is just all over the place. If you keep up with my reviews you know I like these kind of movies — I grew up on this stuff.
This movie is a mess in the best possible way. Now that I’m sitting here writing this — I can’t even narrow down what the actual plot was. Shane Black is usually known for tight scripts and witty comedic dialogue. He delivered one of those, hint it wasn’t a tight script. The story is bananas and full of plot holes but who cares — it presented a playground full of toys and by toys, I mean soldiers and Predators killing each other. Who even goes into a Predator movie expecting an intricately formulated plot that makes you think and question reality? The answer is no one. I went to see this movie to watch dudes get ripped in half and crack bad jokes and that’s exactly what I got.
So, the plot is so-so, but the dialogue is on point — depending on your sense of humor — I loved it others may find it crass and distasteful. Boring people go watch Phantom Thread instead — I really should trash that movie, I haven’t seen it and have only heard good things, but I digress. The reason the dialogue works so well is the cast. The Predator has a crazy good ensemble cast Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, and Sterling K. Brown. Imagine someone created like the Justice League but instead of using DC characters they used previous Shane Black characters — that’s this movie.
This movie doesn’t have any Oscar worthy acting but nothing Razzie worthy either. I will say though I’ve never seen Sterling K. Brown not be great. Anyways instead of saying so and so acted good because of whatever — I’m going to rank the four actors with the best one liners.
- Sterling K. Brown
- Trevante Rhodes — this guy is awesome, I need to see him in more stuff
- Keegan-Michael Key
- Thomas Jane
Two more things to say about the acting. Going in to this film I could not picture Boyd Holbrook as a leading man — keep in mind I’ve only seen him in Logan — but after leaving the movie he sold me on it. Next, Jacob Tremblay is a great actor and he is only 11 — I did have some problems with his character but that’s not his fault, I just don’t think Shane Black knows what Asperger’s is.
A lot of my above positives could be someone’s negatives but I myself did have one thing that really took me out. The end tries way too hard for a sequel, like way too hard but I do hope we get one.
This is the perfect popcorn movie, over the top action and violence coupled with crass and dirty jokes. It’s cheesy at moments especially with callbacks to previous installments. This really isn’t a movie for everyone, it’s a bro movie — a movie you watch with all your guy friends and crush a few beers. Just turn your brain off and don’t go expecting the Shawshank Redemption. The Predator is a 16-year old’s wet dream and I’m still a teenager at heart.
I give the Predator a 7 out of 10, would watch again.
“Geez you’re pushy.”